Honda Mean Mower: Terror distilledReviews editor Manuel Carrillo III had never been scared by any machine with wheels until he met the Mean Mower. A 150-mile-per-hour menace that may offer supercar acceleration, but is nothing like a supercar to drive. Ever wonder what a barrel ride down Niagara Falls is like? Getting the Mean Mower to triple-digit speeds is the internal-combustion equivalent.Click here to read our Honda Mean Mower first drive review. SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: Monster Jam behind the scenesMonster Jam, the monster truck and off-road-vehicle exhibition gets more entertaining and exciting with each passing year. As it turns out, technology plays a key role in that evolution. Join Roadshow’s resident off-road master, Emme Hall as she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Monster Jam of the 21st century. Enlarge ImageA midsize crossover SUV with 400 horsepower? Sign us up. Emme Hall/Roadshow Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. The week began with reviews of not one, but two new Ford Explorers, crammed loads of fun into a few minutes with the 150-mile-per-hour Honda Mean Mower, but ended on a somber note with a tribute to a beloved, fallen colleague.Here’s a look at our most important stories from June 16-22, 2019.Top reviews When you should buy a new car instead of repairing yours Now playing: Watch this: Polestar 1 first driveRoadshow’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Stevens, takes a spin through soaked Sweden in the new, 600-horsepower Polestar 1. For a car that weighs more than 5,100 pounds, Tim says the Polestar is surprisingly light on its feet. 69 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Ford ExplorerThe Ford Explorer enters its sixth generation for the 2020 model year on new, rear-wheel-drive architecture. Reviews editor Emme Hall has been a busy bee reviewing both the new hybrid variant and the 400-horsepower ST version, which you can check out here. If last year’s Explorer wasn’t already broadly appealing enough, this new one should speak to the masses perhaps like never before.Click here to read our 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive review. 52 Photos Honda Mean Mower is 200 horsepower of bladed terror 14:04 2019 Honda RidgelineMost pickup truck buyers use their rigs not for working, but for commuting. While adept in both those elements, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline is arguably the best in its segment for the daily slog. As a result, reviews editor Manuel Carrillo III is scratching his head as to why more people aren’t buying this incredible, commuter-carpool-friendly pickup.Click here to read our 2019 Honda Ridgeline in-depth review. 28 Photos Cooley on buying a new car versus fixing your old oneAs cars age, they become more expensive to maintain, eventually to the point where they’ll command more money than a new-car payment. If you’re around that point with your old vehicle, don’t be so fast to buy that shiny new set of wheels. Let Cooley break things down for you first. 9:46 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: Beautiful in blue 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: We go behind the scenes at Monster… Post a comment Share your voice 38 Photos 0 5:37 Now playing: Watch this: The best hybrid cars and SUVs available in America Top news2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe revealed: We’re quite smitten with the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, but for the upcoming 2020 model year, BMW is introducing a more practical Gran Coupe version that has our interest further piqued.Tesla Model 3 Pickup: Can you believe a Tesla Model 3-based pickup is already here? Well, not for you to buy, but one for you to enjoy watching online. YouTuber Simone Giertz is the mastermind behind this build, and we shall now worship at her altar.Bentley goes electric: The flying B will soon be getting a heap of electricity under its wings. By 2023, all of the British brand’s lineup will offer hybrid variants.2020 Kia Seltos debuts: The Kia Seltos is a new, tiny crossover that may be small in footprint, but big on style.Order Domino’s through your Chevy’s infotainment screen: We welcome a simpler way to order pizza, even if that does mean spending more time at the gym.Remembering Davey G. Johnson: Our hearts are heavy this week as we reflect on the life of our dear friend and esteemed colleague, Davey G. Johnson. Rest in peace, you infinitely curious and eternal adventurer. More From Roadshow Top videos 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe stretches out Tags Polestar 1: World’s first drive in Sweden 29 Photos Roadshow
Narendra Modi flashes victory sign after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled off a stunning and historic victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha battle, with the ruling party itself set to win 303 seats in a marked improvement over its 2014 showing that left the opposition dazed and demoralized.Instagram/narendramodiWith a gargantuan majority at his disposal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a huge gene pool to choose from and reward as he goes about appointing members to his new Camelot. However, with PM Modi, no one can second-guess him. At the same time, speculation is rife in Delhi’s political circles on the composition of the new Cabinet.For starters, one will have to look at the Big Four – members of the all-important Cabinet Committee on Security. In the erstwhile Cabinet, there were two women. Apparently, former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje may be sounded out for the External Affairs Ministry while giant-killer Smriti Irani, who toppled Congress President Rahul Gandhi from his pocket borough of Amethi, may get the plum post of Raksha Mantri. Many aspirations and ambitions have to be fulfilled while hard work and perseverance will need to be rewarded.The PM may also be looking at certain technocrats to push his JAM policy where the tri-junction of Jan, Aadhar and Mobile meet. This has paid handsome dividends at the bottom of the pyramid and in more ways than one given a sense of liberation and purpose to rural women. As such, one shouldn’t be surprised if there is a Make in India, Skill Development and other such nomenclatures in the new Cabinet.Grapevine also indicates that NSA Ajit Doval may be one of the contenders for the Defence Minister’s job. He could even be sent to Washington as India’s ambassador to the US. Adding a twist to the permutations and combinations, if BJP President Amit Shah is inducted into the Cabinet, he may get one of the most crucial portfolios out of three – Home, Defence or even Finance.In whatever role the PM assigns him, he will be pushing the rollout agenda of the PM’s pet schemes aggressively. In the eventuality that he joins the Cabinet, given the nature of Indian polity where the country lurches from one election to another and the whirligig is more often than not year-round; Dharmendra Pradhan or Bhupendra Yadav may get the nod for the party top job.Health minister JP Nadda is another name doing the rounds. National General Secretary and a Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh, Nadda is known as a master strategist in his party. The party had given him charge of Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded hustings. The party bagged 62 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats.Meanwhile, Pradhan cut his teeth in the Bihar Lok Sabha elections 2014 and once again, this time in his home state Odisha. BJP’s vote share in the Lok Sabha polls in Odisha rose from about 21.9 per cent in 2014 to 38.37 per cent while the ruling BJD’s fell from 44.1 per cent in 2014 to 42.76 per cent.BJP’s vote share in the Odisha Assembly polls also rose significantly from 18.2 per cent in 2014 to 32.5 per cent in 2019. An RSS member since his student days and a close confidant of both Modi and Shah, Pradhan is expected to play a bigger role in BJP.Bhupendra Yadav is a Rajya Sabha member, but equally a powerful national general secretary. Fiercely private, like his mentor Amit Shah, Yadav keeps to the confines of the war room, a role that he relishes. Yadav had been the BJP election in-charge for Rajasthan in 2013, Jharkhand in 2014 and Bihar in 2015. While Bihar did not go the way the BJP would have liked, Yadav delivered results for his boss, Shah, in both Rajasthan and Jharkhand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah wave at party workers during a party programme in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.IANS [Representational Image]Home Minister Rajnath Singh may be retained in his present job, but if party President Amit Shah, who has played a monumental role in the BJP returning to power working ceaselessly and tirelessly to put the strategic tent poles in place, joins the Cabinet, the former party president may become the new Speaker of the Lok Sabha.Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who served as the interim finance minister when Arun Jaitley was undergoing treatment, may step into his shoes.However, other names are also doing the rounds for this post. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad may be moved to a more prominent ministry after his win in Patna Sahib. He was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and became a cabinet minister under Modi. Nitin Gadkari had a number of ministries under him and is credited with most tangible work being done in those departments. He may continue with the work assigned to him. Agriculture will be one of the focus areas and, there is a thinking that a technocrat like Ashok Gulati should be given the job to ameliorate the woes of agrarian India which appears to be in distress mode.Telecom will have a new minister since Manoj Sinha is one of the prominent losers in the BJP. If Pradhan moves to head the party, then the energy portfolio comprising petroleum and natural gas will also see a new face. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi may get a cabinet rank this time. He is the most prominent Muslim face in the Modi team. Prakash Javdekar will also be given an important position — he served as HRD Minister in the old Council of Ministers.With nearly 80 members in the previous Cabinet, lots of faces and names to fill the posts abound. Expect the infusion of new blood and representation to states where the BJP has done exceedingly well — Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and equal weight to the allies (a story put out earlier by IANS details that).
foreign ministryBangladesh has expressed deep concern at the recent announcement by the United States recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reports UNB.Bangladesh stressed on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of relevant UN resolutions, according to a statement issued by the foreign ministry on Thursday.Bangladesh reaffirmed its position in favour of establishing the state of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.Bangladesh urged all parties concerned to take a pragmatic approach to the Middle East Peace Process in reaching a two state solution for peace and stability in the region.
Khaleda Zia. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail in a graft case.A makeshift court handed down the judgement on Thursday, also awarding 10 years of imprisonment to five others including her son Tarique Rahman.The special judge’s court set up in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area delivered the verdict amid tight security all around.Khaleda was present in the court at the time of pronouncing the verdict.On 25 January, the court fixed 8 February to announce the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case.During the military controlled emergency government in 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust case, accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others of misappropriating more than Tk 21 million that had come as grants from a foreign bank for the trust.The four other accused are: former BNP lawmaker Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary to the prime minister Kamal Uddin Siddique and nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman Mominur Rahman.During the regime of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in 2011, the same ACC filed another graft case against Khaleda and three others.
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